Thursday, May 29, 2008
BFAC Doll - 2009 - Finished!
***all photos are 'clickable' for a larger view
Hooray - she's done! I finished the beading on Memorial Day - the photography was another 2 days in the making. She gave me fits trying to achieve decent photos. I had a multitude of issues with lighting and trying to capture the color correctly.
I believe the whole project took me a bit longer than usual - normally I zip through a beaded doll project fairly quickly , but I must admit - since the weather has warmed up, I've been drawn to spend more time outside. And I have enjoyed the process so much - maybe I took my sweet time, just a little.
She is 10 inches tall - her form expertly crafted by the oh so talented Monica Magness.
Her beautiful face was lovingly made by Dottie from Face to Face.
My added bead is an 11/0 flesh lined topaz. I also added some sequins for good measure and a little more sparkle.
Stitches used: Back stitch; stacked stitch; boucle stitch and peyote stitch around the face cab, as well as the square crystals used for the breasts and womb.
Let's talk about hair - it seems I generally end up beading long hair on my dolls, I don't plan it that way, it just sort of happens. I love long, full hair - I can't help myself (art imitating life perhaps?).
More often than not, I will bead a spiral on the back of a doll's head and add many rows of layered hair. I always save the hair for the last - not only because it's easier that way, but because it is the most fun - the cherry on the cake so to speak.
If you're interested in seeing the progress of this doll - you can find prior posts here, here and here.
She will be up for auction next year on EBay to help raise money for Colorectal Cancer research. Please check the Beading For A Cure website for more information about their annual fund raiser and while you're there - take a little photo tour of past participants work in the gallery. Lots of wonderful eye candy!
Now I need to name her... any ideas?
Leaves of Grass
This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body - Walt Whitman